Exabytes Team Building 2014 @ Sedim Recreational Park – Day 1

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Date: 26-27 April 2014

Venue: Sedim Recreational Park in Kulim, Kedah.

Number of Exabees: 76

Last month, Exabees swarmed Sedim Recreational Park, a true sanctuary located in Kulim, Kedah for a 2-Day 1-Night Team Building, which was held from 26 to 27, April 2014.

Our journey to the beautiful destination started at 10.30am, with 76 of us departed from Exabytes HQ at Suntech @ Penang Cybercity. The exciting 2-hour journey took us to the designated drop off point, a parking place near to Sedim Recreational Park.

Braving the forest, we embarked on a rather challenging stroll (for some lucky Exabees, by car) towards our destination, the core of Sedim Recreational Park.

The ‘jungle strolling’ effort was all worthwhile as we were greeted by the smell of delicious buffet lunch upon arrival.

 

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Tucking in gluttonously while mingling around, we couldn’t wait to experience the first round of program previously arranged by the organizer. Next, we gathered at the dormitory hall for a briefing before heading towards the dormitories.

 

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After settling down, we headed back to the hall anxiously for an ice-breaking session. All Exabees were divided into 8 teams, with each team made up of 8-9 members.

 

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Each team was required to choose a name based on a cartoon character:

Finally, it’s all set:

Team 1 – Anbalagi

Team 2 – Spiderman

Team 3 – Captain America

Team 4 – Fantastic 4

Team 5 – WALL-E

Team 6 – Boboi

Team 7 – Hello Kitty

Team 8 – Angry Bird

Next, the ice-breaking session started in no time.

 

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The rules were extremely simple for the ice-breaking game. Two teams would battle with each other on the stage (no, not with weapons or gizmos!) by taking half the stage for themselves. Then, one member from each team would be stationed on the left and right side of the cloth “wall”. When the cloth “wall” dropped, the team member who called out the correct name of their rival first would gain a point. The round continued until either team reached the 5-point mark.

 

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After a long battle of names, teams against teams, the friendly-neighbourhood, Spiderman emerged victorious.

As the ice-breaking session filled with joy and laughter came to an end, we couldn’t wait for our next activity, the Treasure Hunt!

In this game, the newly formed teams were required to roleplay as adventure seekers to solve an eerie tale of a mysterious scream heard in the forest on one cold dark night. While doing so, they had to crack their minds on a series of word-plays and various tasks, and avoided ‘head-hunters’ along the way. This eerie game must be finished before the sun went down, if you know what I mean.

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Dinner was served after the chills and shrills of treasure hunt.

As the night approached , an indoor game called Blind Trust was held at the hall (we all deserved it after going through the tiring yet exciting treasure hunt, didn’t we?).

The Blind Trust Game is a game based on communication. It is related to the communication used in our everyday life, especially at workplace. Any information that is mishandled could lead to funny (and sometimes dire) consequences.

In this game, all team members would be paired up, one as the guide and the other as the ‘blind’. The guide must then help the ‘blind’ to go through the obstacles along the way and towards the goal area, where another task awaits the four ‘blind’ person of the team in order for them to achieve their goals of completion.

 

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After the blind trust game, we ended the night with a blast and headed back to the dormitories for our much needed rest.

Stay tuned for Team Building Part 2!

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